Career Link: Six steps to managing your career

Planning your career is more than thinking about what your cover letter says

6. Establish a diverse communication network. Industry organizations and groups are good starting points for network building. Volunteering for projects and committees is a good way to establish direct interaction with people who are not necessarily within your own profession. But don't just volunteer to put something on your resume or to be self serving. Ask yourself if you really care about the focus of the group. People will see through it if you don't, and you'll end up working counter to your own purposes.

While your career management strategy will certainly have to be revisited and revised as your goals and skills evolve, it will provide you an indispensable resource in your job search and career development efforts.

Jerry BrennaAbout the author: Jerry Brennan is co-author of the book Security Careers, and content expert faculty for the Security Executive Council. He is also founder of Security Management Resources, the leading global executive search firm specializing exclusively in corporate security. The new edition of Security Careers includes more than 70 security job descriptions and career paths; up-to-date compensation trends for each position; tips on how to get the best compensation for yourself and your staff; comprehensive lists of certifications, member organizations and job resources; and resume tips and samples.